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Taraba First Lady attaches Saudi-Arabia’s rapid growth to population control, urges Nigerians to take cue

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Charles Akpeji
Charles Akpeji has over 20 years experience in journalism and he is Naija247news Taraba Correspondent. He lives and works from Jalingo, the state capital.

By our correspondent in Taraba

Citing the rapid development presently taking place in the nooks and crannies of the Republic of Saudi-Arabia which the First Lady of Taraba state, Barrister Anna Ishaku believed was necessitated by the country”s move to embrace family planning, the need for the Nigeria government to tread the same path, she believed would go a long way to catapult the country to the height

Mrs. Ishaku who made this known while commissioning health facilities upgraded and renovated by the State Primary Health Development Agency (TSPHCDA) in collaboration with The Challenge Initiative (TCI) in Jalingo Metropolis and Ardo-Kola local government council, encouraged Nigerians with particular reference to Tarabans to embrace child spacing.

Speaking through the permanent secretary of the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Musa Obadiah, she said “even in Saudi Arabia, family planning is now taking place there. ”

Their present level of development in Saudi Arabia as made known by her ” is because they regulates their populations’ adding that “and if you regulate your population, you will have spare resources for development. ”

Calling on partners to take cue from TCl , whom she described as core advocate of family planning in the state and other parts of it country, the projects upgraded and renovated by them, she said ” is one of the evidence of effective partnership between the state and the TCI.

The objectives of renovating the facilities which are now wearing new looks, as stated by her, would be defected if the people of the communities failed to access them, hence the need for the people to cease from going extra miles to seek for medication as the facilities have been brought to their doorsteps.

The Executive Secretary of the TSPHCDA, Alhaji Hassan Aminu, who admitted that the activities of the TCI in the state, have gone a long way to herald succor on the faces of women and children, agreed that health facilities across the ten wards of Jalingo metropolis have been upgraded and renovated, reiterated the agency determinations to continue to collaborate with TCI in the state.

Aligning his weight to that of the First Lady, he enjoyed all a sundries irrespective of religion and cultural back grounds to embrace child spacing as no religion, according to him, frown at family planning.
Reiterating TCI readiness not to be deterred from providing family planning services through renovations and upgrading health facilities among others across the nooks and crannies of the state, the State Programme Coordinator of the TCI, Dr. Sarki Othman, held that many pregnant women died “due to delivery complications. ”

To halt the trend, the need for the pregnant women to avoid “home delivery ” especially now that the health facilities in their domains are putting on new looks, he said would go a long way to prevent pregnancy women, children as well as the people from dying from preventable diseases .

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